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Increasing Engagement Opportunities for Community Arts in Winston-Salem, NC


This study explores how increased access to arts programming engages community members and encourages them to provide more support for arts non-profit initiatives. Research indicates that early access and continual engagement into adulthood is necessary to foster an arts-appreciative society. Ultimately, this study argues in favor of organizing more opportunities for the community to have a meaningful relationship with the arts sector. This study is based largely on the pressing need to revitalize the relevance of arts programming as a social-welfare opportunity that benefits the community as a whole. Data incorporated includes comparative geographic statistics, relevant academic research on the importance of access to arts, local community leader interviews, and case studies on successful non-profit art initiatives. The perspectives analyzed in this study encompass both the nonprofit sector and the fine arts field. By expanding arts programming, there will be more access points for community members to experience the positive effect of the creative arts and will be more likely to become activists for the arts sector.

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Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Peyton Corder moved to Winston-Salem, NC to attend Salem College. While studying at Salem, they discovered ways to make a meaningful impact within their local community while working towards their passions. Focusing on children’s education and music, Peyton hopes to work within the nonprofit sector to combine their passions into possibilities. In addition to career-related goals, in their free time they like to embroider, roller-skate, and antagonize their cat.

Augusta Graham is an artist and advocate from Columbus, Georgia. Since coming to Winston-Salem four years ago, Augusta has explored and pursued their love of museum work, including an internship in the Columbus Museum's design department and studying abroad at the Paris College of Art. In fall 2019, the Reynolda House of American Art chose Augusta for the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative internship, which sparked their passion for arts restitution and increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field. Augusta is pursuing a double Bachelor's degree in Nonprofit Management, with a concentration in Arts Administration, and Studio Art with a painting concentration. Post graduation, their goal is to continue to pursue a career in the arts-based nonprofit sector.



I like the phrase "arts-appreciative society". I long for that to be our reality.

Very nice job interspersing multiple disciplines into your research.

Submitted by Paula_Young on Tue, 04/13/2021 - 21:16 Permalink

Congratulations, Peyton and Augusta!

Your work is well-researched, organized, and easy to understand. I fully support your belief that arts enhance wellbeing at every age! I appreciate your curiosity about the identity of Winston-Salem as The City of Arts & Innovation and your willingness to question the validity of that claim. I also appreciate the access points graphic. It reminded me of how fortunate I've been to be exposed to the arts for as long as I can remember, and it offers tangible points for increased programming. 

Thank you for including possible community solutions and emphasizing the need for collective action to increase arts exposure. Best wishes in your quest to increase arts opportunities for all! 

Job well done! 

Submitted by susanharding on Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:07 Permalink

Peyton & Augusta - This was fantastic!! Thank you so much for all your hard work. I can only imagine how moving towards an arts-appreciate society would change our world for the better. Rosemary Radford Ruether's book Gaia and God from the 1980s explored ecofeminism and the climate crisis. Her conclusion was that we need poet scientists to combat the climate crisis. And the new book All We Can Save combines art with science as we look at trying to work towards saving our planet. The arts can truly lead us to a better place, and I know both of you are providing leadership in this new vision.

Submitted by Amy Rio on Thu, 04/15/2021 - 14:27 Permalink